What to do with the blog?

This blog has been hanging out here in space for quite a while now. I can’t quite bring myself to delete it but I can honestly say I’m not going to ever be doing the kind of blogging I was doing a few years ago.

If a person read all the posts and pages on this blog from start to finish they would know a heck of a lot about me.  There are only a couple of people I can think of that might be interested in knowing that much about me and my life, my children.   I know, my Dad wrote some memoirs before he passed away and I loved reading his stories and learning more about him.

So, I’m going to tidy up my posts (since I noticed that most of the pictures and other links are broken), then I’m going to publish it with Blurb or some other self publishing software, and give it to the kids, eventually.   I might even add some more stories.

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Dr. McCoy says “She’s dead Jim”, I say not!

She's dead Jim

She's dead Jim

One might think I fell into an extended swoon after sewing curtains and painting the house but, in fact,  I didn’t.  I recently saw most of my siblings at a family wedding and was soundly chastised for my lackadaisical approach to my blogging responsibilities.   Its hard to explain but I’ve just been “doing life” and writing blog posts has not been something I’ve been squeezing in.  I’ve read another 200-300 books since my last post so that might explain where my free time has gone.  God, I really am bad.  Oh well, hopefully that is the worst of my vices.  Anyone who knows different will hopefully sit on their hands and keep it to themselves.

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Stymied, buggered and fed up…but the end is near!

Well, I’m about sick of this home decorating topic…you?

I couldn’t get more of the striped fabric to add to my curtains and couldn’t find a plain gold to match the background so ended up buying a more yellow gold to augment the curtains and play down all that pattern. Oh yeah, and I thought dingly balls would be a nice touch (don’t worry, you’ll see).

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So….the lighting in the fabric store was quite different from the lighting at home and it turns out it was a lot more yellow than I thought. So…..the paint I had (Peach Veil) was now in conflict with the fabric.

So….by now I was getting kind of fed up and went ahead and bought a different paint…’Bisque’. Which, really, when you get down to it was just a brownish olive colour that goes with all the fabric. I painted the ensuite bathroom last week and this week have tried to get the walls done in such a fashion that that I could hang the curtains right away so my nightwalking shiftworking husband could sleep. (Better than having a nightstalking shiftless husband eh?).

Last night I finished the last two walls.

bedroom-after-painting.jpgThe only thing left to do is make some kind of wooden support to put the curtains tie-backs on. Sure enough, if we mount them on drywall they’ll pull out in now time. Those suckers are heavy what with the fabric, the black out lining and the decorative lining. But, no light will dare to come through them so that is good!

The valance for the bathroom window matches the bed skirt and I finally have a colour coordinated wall to hang the picture of a Greek street scene that friends brought me from the Islands about 15 years ago. See, there is a silver lining in there somewhere!

In the meantime, Ron has started working on the basement…he wired, framed, drywalled, mudded, and taped a new storage room. I painted it ( the beautiful Peach Veil), and he installed a suspended ceiling. Once the crap treasure is all stacked in there we can start working on other rooms. I think the bathroom will be next because that requires smashing up part of the floor and putting plumbing in. You know how we like to make big messes!

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Stymied

So, the bedding is pretty much done.

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I’ve been thinking of making curtains along this line (I’ve just hucked raw fabric over the existing rods that why it looks weird).

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Anyway, I think that’s kind of an overwhelming amount of the leaf pattern so want to make the side curtains out of the same fabric that the bed skirt is. Unfortunately, the fabric store only has 1 meter of that left so I have to wait some time to get the 5 meters I need. So, I guess it will be on with the painting for now.

(I know this is deadly dull but my silent observers at the coast want to know what I’m doing)

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Progress report and a bit of a weather report too.

We’re having one of our delightful cold snaps. Monday, I kept the kids home from school but yesterday we ventured out. I’ve never seen the temperature indicator on my Explorer get this low:

minuss40.jpg The poor thing gets confused apparently at -40 so it alternates with another meaningful message in case I’m not prepared:

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Anyway, I’ve completed the new duvet cover:

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and am working on the tailored bedskirt:

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….drapes will be next then its on to painting!

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Next Project

See this mess?

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I’m going to try to improve it.

Here are the raw materials, a big bucket of paint, and about 20 meters of fabric and a white dog.

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I’ll keep you posted. Casper wants to help. Actually, Casper just wants to go for a walk so he wishes I’d get finished with all this nonsense!!

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A couple of clicks to help the animals please!

I got a message from my girlfriend Nancy yesterday pointing me to a website that raises money to feed rescue animals.

Please go click the purple button…it only takes a second, then you can come back.

(This is the note that we got from the Rescue organization:

Hi, all you animal lovers. This is pretty simple… Please tell ten
friends to tell ten today! The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble
getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of
getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It
takes less than a minute (How about 20 seconds) to go to their site and
click on the purple box ‘fund food for animals’ for free. This doesn’t
cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertiser s use the number
of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in
exchange for advertising.
Here’s the web site! Pass it along to people you know.

http://www.theanimalrescuesite. com/ )

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